Odium 1.5: Origin Stories (The Dead Saga Book 2) Kindle Edition
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Odium Origins is just as brilliant as it’s counterpart. While it does reveal the backstories of the characters from Odium, it’s not just a history lesson. As I learned about how each person was dragged into the wretched new world full of undead creatures, the words filled me with fear and anxiety just as much, if not more than they did in Odium. One of my favorite things about the zombie apocalypse is finding out how it all starts and about how each person reacts and deals with such a horrific situation. Odium Origins quenched my thirst for that knowledge.
One of the stories is about Crunch and about how she meets Mikey. What I loved most about this tale is that it not only shows us where she was when the dead began to stink up the planet, but it also took me on a brief tour of her tormented existence prior to the outbreak, which explains why Crunch is the way she is; cold and calculating. I didn’t despise her as much after reading her story. In fact, I actually understand her position better. Oh, and we also learn how Crunch and Mikey meet Duncan, the coward.
While reading Odium back in October, I felt a bit sorry for Duncan. I couldn’t quite wrap my head around the reason Nina judged him so harshly, but now I think I loathe him even more than she did. He really is a coward, and a self-serving coward at that. He didn’t just turn his back on the people in his care, he planned to do things that would make any sane person run in the opposite direction. Unfortunately, he was able to pull the wool over Britta’s eyes. Well, karma’s a bitch, my friend, and I can’t say I’m disappointed by her persistence to pay you a visit.
Poor J.D. I can’t imagine being in his situation during the outbreak. In my mind I was clawing at the glass to get to Amy and Ben. My biggest fear when I think of a zombie apocalypse is that I won’t be able to protect my family, especially my children. This particular tale hit me square in the gut and made it very difficult to breathe. The intensity nearly killed me!
Another story I really loved in this novella is the tale of Steve and Jane. This is an example of how this novella further cemented my feelings for certain characters. It was so awesome to get to know Jane since we were unable to meet her in the book. They are such an awesome couple! Reading their tale about getting out of their zombie infested town and heading to the hills for safety made my heart break for Steve all over again.
The bottom line: I freaking love this novella and I’m so grateful to Claire for providing me with an ARC. I don’t generally re-read books, but reading this novella makes me want to dive head first into the world of Odium once more. This series is a zombie lovers dream!
Origins tells the back story of some of the characters from Odium before the apocalypse started and sheds new light on the individuals we got to know in Odium.This gave new perspective on certain individuals and changed the way I saw them from Odium.
The book made me feel many emotions while reading. From sympathy, anger, hope, and sadness with splashes of humour to boot.
Overall I have to say this has been a brilliant read and The Odium world/universe is one I love entering. From Life Ever After: Nina's story to Odium and now Odium Origins Claire has built a brutal apocalyptic world with strong characters and gripping story lines. If you haven't had the opportunity to read these books I recommend that you do!
We get the story of Crunch and Mikey...the druggie and the loner she meets on the run, Steve and Jane...the happily married couple who suffer such tragedy when they just want to get away for a while, J.D. and his family...the man who loved Amy and his son Ben and whose story broke my heart and was probably the most upsetting for me to read.
I was just so involved with everyone and their horrible plights...I honestly don't know how "I" would have survived if all of a sudden my world was turned upside down and the "Z" invasion was here...but this book made sense and showed how strong all of these people were to have made it as far as they did.
Be sure to read Odium after this one as it will just blow your mind if you love books about the end of the world as we know it!
***** 5 ***** "pray for all of their souls" stars
Take Crunch, for example. I was happy to sneer at her during her interactions with Nina in Odium, but after getting a glimpse into her crappy life before all hell broke loose, I actually had sympathy for her. Which caused conflicting emotions in me, because I didn't want to feel sorry for her. But that all changed. Now I understand why she is who she is.
We learn how Crunch meets Mikey, and how the two of them run into Duncan. This is another character whose back story changed my feelings. Instead of feeling sorry for him, like I did originally, I found I actually despised him. Duncan truly is a coward.
J.D.'s story is one who resonated most strongly with me, simply because I am a parent, like he was. I actually sobbed reading how Amy and poor little Ben were trapped and J.D. could do nothing to save them. But he didn't give up, and for that he has my respect. If that happened to my family, I don't think I would be able to exist without them, without that part of my heart, my soul.
I love this novella, and for zombie fans, you really should make this part of your collection, too.
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